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Close up shot of carrot cake brownies cut into squares with a cream cheese glaze

Carrot Cake Brownies Recipe

Fudgy brownies filled with the flavors of carrot cake topped with a cream cheese drizzle.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, carrot cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 183kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $5


For the brownies:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup (28g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup (62g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (55g) shredded carrots (heaping cup, don't pack them)

For the glaze:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • ½ cup (57g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Stir together oil, sugars, and eggs. Stir in cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and ground ginger. Slowly stir in flour. Stir in grated carrots.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-28 minutes. Cool before frosting.
  • To make frosting: Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar with a hand mixer. Add vanilla then add 1 tablespoon milk and mix until smooth adding up to 1 more tablespoon milk for desired consistency (whether you want to frost them vs drizzle as I did).


  • Start with regular carrots and shred them yourself - don't be tempted to start with pre-shredded carrots. Those are too thick and stiff for this recipe.
  • Don't pack your carrots, instead loosely add them to the cup. Using a heaping 1/2 cup is fine.
  • I used 2 tablespoons milk in the frosting as more of a drizzle, use less for thicker frosting.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 799IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg